Antonio Vega Macotela

Antonio Vega Macotela

Mexico City, Mexico, 1980. Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Antonio Vega Macotela's work is multidisciplinary nature and designed to be carried out with communities and in specific places. Through his work the artist explores the notions of work, value and exchange, specifically with regard to the system through which social relations are established and negotiated. It also refers to alienation in economic systems and their social structures. Vega Macotela uses art as a tool for change and the re-meaning of the everyday life, as well as to re-contextualize it.

The artist is interested in the processes of creation, the interactions, negotiations and collaborations that these involve and which he places as his point of focus. His work is located at the intersection of several equivalence chains that connect work and artistic practice within a single economy, participating in prolonged temporalities.

Time Divisa 260 - 267 | Cera y tela | 56 x 43 cm 2009

Time Currency 260-267 | Wax and cloth | 22.05 x 16.93 inches | 2009

Time Divisa 349, 350, 351 | Jabones aromáticos |  12 x 5x 1.5 cm 2010

Time Currency 349, 350, 351 |Aromatic soaps | 4.72 x 1.97 x .59 inches | 2010

Dog/God | 23 periódicos | 58 x 32 cm c/u 2011

Dog/God | 23 Newspapers | 22.83 x 12.6 inches each | 2011

Habemus Gasolina | Recipientes para aguas de frutas, tamaleros, destilero de tequila, bancos, cubetas para helados, tubos de metal | 480 x 380 x 320 cm | 2008

Habemus gasolina |Containers for fruit water, tequila destiller, stools, ice cream buckets, metal tubes | 188.98 x 149.61 x 125.98 inches | 2008

Murmullos | 7 periódicos | 58 x 32 cm c/u | 2011
Estudios sobre el agotamiento no. II, La transmutación de las cenizas | 120 botas de barro negro | 25 x 25 x 12 cm c/u | 2013

Study of Exhaustion: Study No. 2, The Transmutation of Ashes | 120 black clay boots | 9.84 x 9.84 x 4.72 inches each | 2013

Estudios del Agotamiento: estudio no. III, La carne | Ensamblaje de aluminio, hueso, bronce y acero. | 28.5 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm | 2013

Study of Exhaustion: Study No. 3, The Flesh | Assembly of aluminum, bone, bronze and steel. | 11.22 x 9.25 x 9.25 inches | 2013

Estudios del Agotamiento: estudio no. IV, Especulación | Polvo de mármol y yeso, impresión en 3D  17 x 13.5 x 15cm | 2014 - 2015

Study of Exhaustion: Study No. 4, Speculation | Marble and plaster powder, 3D printing | 6.6 x 5.3 x 5.9 inches | 2014

El cincel y el socavón | 13 dibujos a lápiz sobre papel algodón perforado | 81 x 75 x 2 cm | 2016-2017

The chisel and the sinkhole | 13 pencil drawings on perforated cotton paper | 32 x 29 inches | 2016 - 2017

El cincel y el socavón | Detalle Madera y metal | 150 x 220 x 260 cm | 2016 - 2017

The chisel and the sinkhole | Detail Wood and metal | 59.06 x 86.61 x 102.36 inches | 2017

«The work of Vega Macotela creates a territory in which we can talk about economy as a system that creates representations and interactions.»

The work of Vega Macotela creates a territory in which we can talk about economy as a system that creates representations and interactions. In personal terms of the artist “art is significant, it is symbolic. The actions that affect society are also symbolic and the work of the artist lies in working with those symbols and those meanings. It is about expanding wills and generating possibilities to see and think”."

Intercambio 148 | 2008 | Colillas de cigarros | 21 x 28 cm

Time exchange 148 | 2008 | Cigarette butts | 8.27 x 11.02 inches

Intercambio 63 | 2006 | Pluma sobre papel | 28 x 43 cm

Time exchange 63 | 2006 | Pen on paper 11.02 x 16.93 inches

Antonio Vega Macotela has undertaken residences at Gasworks in London (2018), Rijksakademie in Corea (2015) and Amsterdam (2011-2012), and Le Pavillon, Palais du Tokio in Paris (2014). Selected exhibitions: 34th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil (2021) ; 12º Bienal de Taipei, Taipei, China (2020) ; “#TodosSomosHonolulu”, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2020) ; “Fin del Futuro”, La Tallera, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2019) ; “Incendio”, CIAP, Hasselt, Belgium (2019) ; “Confortably Numb”, Another Space, New York, United States (2018) ; “Constructing the World: Art and Economy 2008-2018”, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany (2018) ; “Stories of Almost Everyone”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States (2018) ; documenta 14, Kassel, Germany (2017) ; “Lecturas de un territorio fracturado”, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2017) ; “Asimettrical Warfare”, Witte de With Contemporary Art Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2015) ; “Pheidippidics – Studies on Exhaustion”, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2015).